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Category COVID-19 campus response

Chancellor Blank to County Executive: Partner with us in enforcing safe behavior off-campus

September 21, 2020

"We know gatherings can lead to the spread of COVID-19 but UW–Madison does not have jurisdiction to shut down gatherings in off campus areas. Until those agencies with enforcement authority take additional action, we shouldn’t expect to see a rapid decline in cases in Dane County. We call on the County Executive’s Office to step forward and become a partner in promoting and enforcing safe behavior in of-campus spaces."

Message to students: COVID-19 clarifications and reminders

September 18, 2020

"The University continues to evaluate the data and will make more decisions about campus operations next week. A lot will depend on how things go these next several days," says Dean of Students Christina Olstad. "The most important thing you can do to keep our positive numbers down is to physically distance from people other than your roommates or immediate family and to always wear a face covering."

Tuition refund deadline extended for students impacted by COVID-19

September 16, 2020

For students negatively impacted by COVID-19 and who choose to completely withdraw from the semester, a full tuition refund will be possible for one additional week, to Friday, Sept. 18.

Chancellor Blank: Update on COVID-19 response

September 15, 2020

“We must bring our daily case totals down and we are taking aggressive action to do that,” the chancellor says. Testing will be increased and more contact tracers will be added.

University shifts to two weeks of remote instruction, quarantines two residence halls

September 9, 2020

All in-person undergraduate, graduate and professional school group instruction will be paused from Sept. 10 – 25. These classes will be cancelled Thursday, Sept. 10 – Saturday, Sept. 12 and will resume remotely beginning Monday, Sept. 14 for at least two weeks.

Enhanced health and safety protocols for employees

September 9, 2020

Due to a rise in COVID-19 cases in the campus community, Chancellor Blank announced a 14-day emphasis on health and safety protocols. While many of the temporary restrictions were aimed at curbing behaviors of undergraduate students, some also apply to UW–Madison employees in an effort to protect the health and safety of everyone in our campus community.   

Waisman Biomanufacturing partners with GigaGen to manufacture new COVID-19 drug

September 9, 2020

The drug, called GIGA-2050, uses a new approach similar to treating COVID-19 patients with convalescent plasma.

Everybody poops, some shed the virus that causes COVID-19. Wisconsin’s wastewater surveillance is looking for it.

September 8, 2020

Detecting and measuring how much virus is in wastewater is may provide an early warning signal that cases of COVID-19 may soon rise and provide a readout of how levels of virus change in a population over time.

Chancellor directs 14-day student restrictions for health, safety

September 7, 2020

Chancellor Blank is directing all undergraduate students to restrict their movements over the next two weeks in order to reverse the recent rise in COVID-19 cases.

UW, Public Health act to stop COVID-19 spread in fraternity, sorority houses

September 4, 2020

In coordination with UW–Madison, Public Health Madison & Dane County today directed members of nine fraternities and sororities with off-campus live-in chapter houses to quarantine for at least 14 days in response to confirmed cases of COVID-19 among their members.

Message from Dean of Students Christina Olstad

September 2, 2020

For individuals who have intentionally behaved in ways that risk the health of our community, we are pursuing actions that could result in discipline up to and including the revocation of Housing contracts and emergency suspension.

#LibrarybyAppointment: What you need to know about library access this semester

September 1, 2020

We will have to do things differently, but we are here to help you and are working to ensure you have the resources for a successful academic year.

UW launches new initiative to reduce negative effects of COVID-19 pandemic on research

September 1, 2020

“Even short-term disruptions in our research can have long-term impacts,” explains Steve Ackerman, vice chancellor for research and graduate education.

UW–Madison launches campus COVID-19 dashboard

August 28, 2020

A new website will share key metrics about the results of COVID-19 tests among UW–Madison faculty, staff and students.

Message to students from UW System President Tommy Thompson

August 27, 2020

The big day is almost here – the day all of us at the University of Wisconsin System have worked so hard for. Now we’re ready to open our doors and welcome you back to campus.

Resources for responding to someone not wearing a face covering

August 27, 2020

If you are working on campus, you may encounter someone not wearing a face covering when they should be. New resources have been developed to provide guidance on how to address it.

COVID-19 testing Dashboard

August 26, 2020

This dashboard provides information to the campus community and the public about the results of COVID-19 tests among current UW–Madison faculty, staff and students.

From the Chancellor: UW in a semester of COVID

August 26, 2020

"We’re on the cusp of what is sure to be one of the most unusual fall semesters in our university’s history," says Chancellor Rebecca Blank.